2013 Official NHL Draft Discussion Thread II
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05-30-2013, 01:01 PM
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After reading the following review, I could see Hagg being a target of NYI:
Robert Hagg (D, 2013), MODO –
a methodical, two-way defenseman; skilled and highly cerebral
.. approaches the game not unlike New Jersey pick Adam Larsson in that he is able to control the tempo and speed of the game through the quality of his decision making .. his skating doesn’t immediately impress – doesn’t overwhelm with speed or explosiveness, yet he rarely loses the foot races thanks to a smooth, comfortable stride .. his pace is more based on being calculating and swift in his movements ..
what sets him apart is an uncanny hockey sense that features a knack for being able to sense and react to pressure
.. easily shakes off initial checking pressure and finds his outlets .. a strong, accurate passer – can make a blinding-fast first pass from anywhere on the ice, while his point shot is an absolute rocket .. does not shy away from physical contact either, as he will push back – and backed by astute positional sense .. supports the puck exceptionally well in all zones ..
knows how to utilize his athletic good-sized frame (6-2/195) to productively create space and separation
.. there is still some immaturity in his game however that will iron out as he gains experience .. must be cognisant of going overboard as he is prone to taking emotional, undisciplined penalties ..
can handle the pace of a game when it intensifies – an attribute which makes him attractive as a potential universal, top-four NHL defenseman.
I could see that: Hagg seems to be on the uptick. I could also see him being taken before 15th.
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